This section is to offer free stuff, for you to
use for personal use only. I hope you enjoy the
Fabric & Trim
The first section includes pdf files that you can
print out and use for your personal fabric & trim stashes.
How to Use:
- Print out the pages onto cardstock (highly suggested) or regular
- Cut a swatch of fabric at least 2"x2". I suggest using
pinking shears when cutting the fabric to keep the fabric from
unraveling. Or you can serge the edges.
- Attach the swatch to the page where indicated. Fabric can be
stapled into place, or you can use a glue stick or double stick
tape to attach each swatch firmly into place.
- Fill in the information you have, especially the width &
length of each item. Be sure to note the location of your storage
item (no sense organizing if you don't know where to find it again).
Fill in the other info as you have time.
- Punch holes along one side of the page (best if printed onto
cardstock), or insert the page into a plastic sheet protector.
- Store your pages in a regular 3-ring binder (minimum 3"
D-ring binders suggested) and add more swatch pages as you collect
I suggest you organize the cards by the main color of the fabric,
then by yardage with the largest ahead of the smaller amounts. Place
remnant cards at the end of each color section. Once you are done,
you can easily shop in your own stash first!
[52kb.] A pdf file for you to use as a personal fabric swatchbook,
to help you record and keep track of the fabric you have in your
collection. This is a newer and expanded version of my original
This is designed for back to back printing on the first 4 pages,
allowing one main project swatch each paper, with space for other
swatches. It includes expanding details for a project, i.e. space
for design sketches, notes, linings, closures & trim ideas,
and a space for storage location. Once complete, it can act as a
record of the completed project.
The last page is an updated version of the Personal Fabric
Swatchbook Organizer below. It is good for holding swatches
for 1-2 yard pieces or larger remnant fabrics that may not be a
major project on its own. Place these at the end of each color section.
With thanks to Diane Yoshitomi
for her "Taming Your Stash"
class at Costume College 2008. She designed the original format
that I have modified in part for my own use.
[52kb.] A pdf file for you to use as a personal trim swatchbook,
to help you record and keep track of just the trims you have in
your collection. This is a stand alone yet updated version of the
fabric & trim pdf below.
This is designed for single sided printing, allowing four trim
swatches on each side/page. Note it also has a space for storage
[22kb.] A pdf file for you to use as a fabric and
trim swatchbook, to help you keep and record those samples from
various merchants in order. There is space for merchant info at
the top of each page, so you know which merchant carries your favorite
[22kb.] The original pdf file for you to use as a personal fabric
and trim swatchbook, to help you record and keep track of the fabric
you have in your collection. This is a little different than the
merchant swatchbook above with space to note where you've stored
your fabric, and what your plans are for the fabric.
Other Free Items
An inventory template for the Bento
database program. This is for Mac users only (sorry PC folks),
but the template is ready for you to use to organize your historic
& vintage sewing patterns. You must purchase Bento to use the
free template. Follow the directions at the Bento/Filemaker site
to download the template.
[1.1 meg] A pdf file showing images of various braided button
closures, which Janet Arnold described as a "decorative froggings
after the Polish fashion". "Frogs" are the modern
term for this type of closure. Some appear similar to the those
commonly seen today in Chinese fashions, while others are simpler.
These images are mainly from the late 16th and early 17th. centuries,
as worn by the English, German, Polish or Turkish people. Images
are from portraits, woodcuts, and one extant garment, and are only
a sample of images available. From a workshop I gave at the Barony
of Nordwache's Academia (Kingdom of Caid), August 18th, 2007.
Tudor Shift (aka smock) Pattern in gif format. More info
on this particular pattern, and how it came about, can be found
in my Warderobe Account for the Tudor
Shift. Layout of this pattern for personal use only.
version of shift layout (73k).
Largesse, also largess
/lär-'zhes, lär-'jes also 'lär-"jes/
Etymology: Middle English largesse, from Anglo-French, from large
1 something given to someone without expectation of a return -- see GIFT
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